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EMRs: a skill that can help you land future assignments

Every new locum tenens assignment is an opportunity to learn something new. You embrace facility culture, familiarize yourself with different processes, and, yes, learn new electronic medical record (EMR) software.

As a locum tenens, you must be adaptable in any environment you’re in, and that means being comfortable dealing with different EMR systems, no matter how new or challenging they may be. But did you know that this skill can also help you land future assignments? Using several EMRs as a locum physician can work in your favor and help you stand out from the crowd when looking for your next job.

Why EMR?

While its goal was to streamline patient care, the integration of EMRs into medical facilities has had both positive and negative effects. Digital records provide healthcare organizations with the opportunity to easily monitor a patient’s care over time and ultimately improve clinical outcomes. However, the use of EMRs has also put immense pressure on facilities and drastically changed how physicians practice and spend time with their patients, and nearly half of U.S. doctors say electronic medical records are partly to blame (per U.S. News and World Report) for physician burnout. Yes, a system that was supposed to eliminate stress is actually exacerbating it.

Help Combat Burnout

Beyond EMRs, physician burnout is a threat. In fact, NEJM Catalyst survey says that 96% of executives, clinical leaders, and clinicians agree that physician burnout is a serious problem in the healthcare industry.

As a locum tenens physician, you have the unique ability to combat burnout by giving overworked permanent physicians the extra support they need when and where they need it. Busy hospitals and emergency rooms across the country rely on locum tenens to help relieve their staff and allow permanent physicians a chance to refocus and recharge, all while their patients continue to receive the top notch care they deserve.

Become a Top Candidate

When considering a locum tenens physician for a job, staffing agencies and facilities place great importance on EMR experience. That’s why it’s important to familiarize yourself with as many systems as you can and make that known on your CV and to your locum tenens recruiter.

Physicians who are already familiar with multiple types of EMRs have a lower learning curve with new systems, which makes the integration process to a new job much smoother. Even if you may not have worked with a particular facility’s EMR, previous experience with a wide range of systems can help you stand out from other candidates by showing that you are flexible and able to learn quickly.

What’s Next?

Of course, hands on learning is the best way to gain EMR experience, but if that’s not a possibility, there are several online resources that can help. We’ve made it easy and outlined the top 5 EMR systems you should know before you head into your next assignment.

Once you’ve brushed up on your EMR smarts, take a look at our current jobs, or begin working with one of our friendly recruiters. We’d love to help you find your next locum tenens assignment!